FSA-Woodfield Eco-Meditation Garden
First-St. Andrew’s United Church created this space for the benefit of all, celebrating the natural beauty that surrounds us and inviting you to experience a sense of peace and well-being in our garden.
The garden’s flowers, plants and trees are native to Southern Ontario. They provide an ecologically healthy urban landscape which will benefit bees, other pollinators and birds. There are also beds of traditional indigenous sacred plants to acknowledge that we are situated on the traditional territory of our First Nations peoples.
Enjoy wandering through the garden, noting the different species of flora.
The labyrinth on the west side provides an opportunity for peaceful reflection, meditation and spiritual development.
Learn about and observe the Chimney Swifts in pursuit of insects or disappearing into the chimneys.
The organ pipe sculpture, “In Diversity there is Harmony,” celebrates our involvement in music and the arts and invites to all who visit here to be ambassadors for diversity and harmony in this community and beyond.
The Peace Pole, with the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is similar to ones that can be found across the globe.
Reflect on the words of the Dalai Lama:
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence.
Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
And as you go on your way, we bless you with the words of Jesus:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.“ (John 14,27)
Blessings and thanks to the following supporters of this project:
Fanshawe College, Environmental Design and Planning Program
TD - Friends of the Environment
Crosby Landscaping and Design
The Members of First-St. Andrew's United Church
The United Church of Canada - Embracing the Spirit Grants